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Beyond ‘Toxic Nationalism’

aeci96 Wrote: Jan 04, 2013 8:36 AM
The quote from Orwell needs to be taken more seriously than May, and I'll assume Kaplan, normally would and apply it to their own views. As it seems they agree that values are universal, they both ignore the Orwellian observation that the 'universal' only applies to their values. May points out that Islam is seemingly bereft of racism (Malcolm X had the same observation). Does that not give Islam some legitimacy in the use of the term 'universal'? Some would say my point is semantic. I don't think so. We, the West, have our beliefs, our values. Isalm, Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa ... wherever you'd like to turn, have theirs. Orwell's point is apolitical. In fact, it's anti-political.

Robert D. Kaplan has long been among America’s most insightful analysts of global trends. I’d rather argue with him than agree with most others. Right now, I’m going to do a bit of both.

In “Toxic Nationalism,” an essay published in the Wall Street Journal last week, Kaplan observes that “Western elites” regard their beliefs as “universal values.” Because they approve of “women’s liberation,” they conclude that all thinking people from Albania to Zanzibar believe in women’s liberation. Western elites place a priority on “human rights,” assuming that must be the consensus view. Western elites are convinced that international organizations...